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Experts warn against infections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
After the deluge the region witnessed, there are a number of precautions and health safeguards that citizens should take. Doctors at Fortis Heart and Multi-Specialty Hospital have released health guidelines and tips for the general public.

Doctors said that if rain water enters your house, chances are that it brings along germs and infections. Thoroughly clean the floors by scrubbing them with fresh water mixed with disinfectants. Once the sun comes out, open all your windows and let the sunlight come in so that the wet walls dry up and feeling of moistness also goes. Before it starts raining again, it is advisable to remove the carpets from your floors and store them. Clean and dry up your coolers after every rainfall before switching them on again, as they are a potential source of mosquito-borne diseases.

“If flooding has occurred or pockets of stagnation of rain water formed in and around your house, the chances of epidemic increase, especially malaria, dengue, gastroenteritis, hepatitis, viral illnesses, eye flu etc. To avoid these illnesses, ensure that there is no stagnant water in or near your house. Use insecticide sprays/mosquito repellants in your house. Try to switch off outdoor lights, as these attract a lot of flies/mosquitoes. Rain water direct from the clouds is unlikely to be contaminated, but once it touches the ground, it is definitely contaminated with waste/garbage/dust and overflow of sewerage pipes. Don’t allow garbage/ waste to accumulate in front of your house. Don’t leave uncovered dustbins outside in the rain. Ideally, also ensure that the municipal staff clean the sewerage pipes and manholes in your area”.

If your children got drenched, pay extra attention to them. According to Dr Gaurav Gupta, a paediatrician, “Dirty water can be a big risk for children, leading to diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration. Treatment would involve giving adequate fluids like ORS, neembu paani, salty lassi (buttermilk), light juices, curd, bananas etc. Antibiotics should not be taken without a doctor’s consent. Dirty water can also lead to typhoid and hepatitis A. Using a filter or boiling the water can prevent these.”

A problem which may come up after the deluge is eye flu or acute conjunctivitis. “Rains and humidity are perfect conditions for eye flu. It is heralded by redness, watering, pain, stickiness of the eye-lids and discharge with swelling etc. It is transmitted by contact ... by shaking hands or using things like handkerchief and towel used by the affected person. You can surely escape from being infected if you are careful. The best thing to do is not to touch/rub your eyes at any point of time — whether you have eye flu or not. This is because, while rubbing your eyes, there is a chance that any infected material that may have possibly got on your fingertips as a result of your previous handshake, could cause eye flu. Maintain hygiene and cleanliness. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Gently rinse the eyes with clean filtered water; it is not wise to splash tap water into the eyes. Conjunctivitis does not occur just by looking into the eyes of person having it, so don’t avoid the poor guy! Conjunctivitis may be accompanied by fever in some cases. Once a person has eye flu, it is better to get treatment after consultation with an eye specialist, as self-treatment may be harmful to the eyes and eyesight. The treatment has to be for specific duration of time. Usually one or two kinds of eye drops are enough to treat the condition and no oral medicine is required. Use of protective glasses/goggles renders comfort. The affected person can continue doing his normal work provided he doesn’t feel any strain and he should also educate others about his problem.”

Heavy rainfall usually brings with it acute viral hepatitis (A & E) or jaundice. According to Dr Mohinish Chhabra, “The major route of transmission is Feco — oral i.e. contaminated water, food and milk. There is a phase of mild fever, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite before the appearance of jaundice. Once jaundice appears, the fever subsides and appetite improves. The commonest practice is to restrict fats in diet, which leads to a marked weight loss. However, fats should be restricted through the phase of vomiting and later, when vomiting subsides, normal diet should be resumed. Another common practice is the advice of complete bed rest, but normal activity can be carried within tolerance limits. There is usually spontaneous resolution of jaundice within four to six weeks in uncomplicated cases. One should avoid consumption of liver tonics readily available in the market. The precautions one can take to avoid jaundice are to wash hands properly before eating and after using the toilet. As important is drinking purified water by boiling it and ensuring that it is chlorinated adequately.”
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Breastfeeding benefits discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
A seminar on the benefits of the breastfeeding was organised by the Surya Foundation and the BPNI, Chandigarh, to mark the breastfeeding week which concluded yesterday.

During the seminar, Dr Ramneek Sharma of the Foundation spoke on the harmful effects of feeding milk to the baby with bottles and giving them other instant food products. She informed that the exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of the birth improves the nutrition status of the young children and reduces morbidity and mortality. She also spoke on the harmful effects of giving supplementary food to the child before the age of six months, which she said may put infants at the risk of malnutrition because other liquids and solid food are nutritionally inferior. Mr S.K. Mehta and Mr Ravinder Kumar from the Food and Nutrition Board, Chandigarh, gave live demonstration on complimentary food. The Deputy Director, Adult Education, Chandigarh Ms Sudesh Kalra, gave a lecture on exclusive breastfeeding. The Additional Director of Jan Shishkan Sansthan, Mr Arjun Khamboj also attended the seminar. A slogan writing competition was organised for the children.
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Lecture on cancer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
A lecture on the prevention and cure of cancer was organised for NCC cadets at Government Home Science College, Sector 10, here today. In addition to 200 cadets, NCC officers, associate NCC officers and their families attended the lecture.

Lieut-Col M. Ganguly, surgical oncologist from the Western Command Hospital, Chandimandir, explained the symptoms of various kinds of cancer, self examination methods and treatment available for cancer.
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Sukhmanpreet bags shooting gold
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, August 8
Sukhmanpreet Singh Sidhu of Ropar and Avneet Sidhu of Muktsar stole the limelight by winning gold medals in men and women section, respectively, of the .177 peep sight air rifle in the XXXth Punjab State Rifle Shooting championship which concluded this evening at the MARKFED Shooting ranges, Phase VI, Mohali. Sukhman shot 581/600 while Avneet 391/400.

In the .177 peep sight air rifle women ISSF, Navdeep Dhillon of Jalandhar won gold medal by scoring 385/400. The three-day tournament was organised by the Punjab Rifle Shooting Association. According to Raja K.S. Sidhu, secretary of the PRSA, the Punjab team for G.V. Mavlankar meet would be selected on the basis of performance in this meet.

Winners in various sections are: Gurdeep Singh (small bore free rifle), Navdeep Dhillon (sports rifle women), Devinder Singh (.22 open sight std rifle), Divya Sharma (.22 open sight std rifle), Saurav Gill (.22 open sight junior men), Divya Sharma (22 open sight junior women), Shivi Bansal (.177 open sight air rifle women), Gaurav Singhal (.177 open sight air rifle junior men), Guriqbal (.177 open sight air rifle sub-junior men), Tanya Singhania (.177 open sight air rifle sub-junior women), Jaspreet Dhiman (.177 peep sight air rifle men (NR), Amita Rani (.177 peep sight air rifle women), Jaspreet Dhiman (.177 peep sight air rifle junior men), Gursimran Sekhon (.177 peep sight air rifle junior women), Ashpreet Dhaliwal (.177 peep sight air rifle women), Sullar Ram (centre fire men (NR), Rajbir Sidhu (sports pistol (NR), Haneet Jakhar (std. pistol men), Gurjit Singh (air pistol men, Kirandeep Kaur (air pistol women), Manmeet Singh Sidhu (air pistol men), Pooja Tomar (air pistol women), Atinder Garcha (air pistol sub-junior men), Ms Rubab Sekhon (air pistol sub-junior women), Amanpreet Singh (air pistol men (ISSF) and Ruby Tomar (Air Pistol women ISSF).

Shooting

Harveen Sarao and Aarjun Pratap Singh were adjudged best shooters among girls and boys, respectively, in the 29th Chandigarh State Shooting championship which concluded here on Sunday at Sector 25 Patiali Ki Rao shooting ranges. Other shooters who excelled and won gold medals today include Jagraj Singh Sandhu (air rifle ISSF) and Prabhleen Chauhan in women section.

The four-day meet was organised by the Chandigarh Rifle Association. Mr Pawan Bansal, MP, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. He also announced a grant of Rs 4 lakh for the construction of a 10-metre indoor range in the complex.

TT tourney

Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, and Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula, bagged four titles each in the Panchkula District Table Tennis championship which concluded on Sunday on the premises of Manav Mangal School. Saifali was the star player for Bhavan Vidyalaya winning three titles, one each in under-14, under-17 and women section. Prasoon won the under-14 boys title while Prateek Gupta clinched under-17 title. Manikant clinched the men singles title.
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Punjab colts to participate in Buchi Babu meet
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, August 8
Punjab cricket colts XI will take part in the All-India Buchi Babu Cricket Tournament in Chennai from August 15. The team, which is participating in this tournament after a gap of few years, is better equipped this time.

Twenty-one probables have been attending a coaching camp at PCA, Mohali, under the guidance of Desh Prem Azad, Bhupinder Singh and Bharti Vij since August 5. The final 15-member team will be announced tomorrow by the selection committee headed by ex-Ranji player Chaman Lal.

Amit Uniyal, Ankur Kakkar, Gaurav Gupta, Vipul Sharma, Amardeep Sonkar and fast bowler V.R.V. Singh are attending the camp, among others. Azad said the Punjab Cricket Association was doing a yeoman’s service in training the players.

He said Punjab colts would have good exposure in the Chennai tournament as top ranked 12 teams from all over India would take part. He said four major tournaments — Buchi Babu meet in Chennai, Moind-ud-Dowla in Hyderabad, KSCA XI in Bangalore and JP Atrrey Cricket Meet at Mohali — were basically the testing ground for the upcoming cricketers to prove their worth. He said all these tournament were conducted during the off season so that players could devote more time to play.

Azad praised the efforts made by Mr I.S. Bindra, president and secretary, PCA, and Mr M.P. Pandove in building a strong cricket line up in Punjab.

In the Chennai meet, PCA colts will play three league matches and its first tie is with Tamil Nadu Cricket Association XI. All matches prior to knock-out stage will be of three days.

The probables attending the camp are: Simranjeet Singh Balthana, Binwant Singh, Amardeep Sonkar, Ankur Kakkar, Gaurav Gupta, Vipin Chauhan, Rooptinder Singh, Uday Kaul, Bhupinder Singh, Vipul Sharma, Varun Khanna, Rajesh Sharma, Amit Uniyal, V.R.V. Singh, Gaurav Marwaha, Lovablish, Hardevender Singh, Amrinder Singh, Vineet Sharma, Ishaan Malhotra and Harman Singh.
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